Hiroshima Message

To mark the 72nd anniversary of the first atomic bomb explosion on August 6, Hiroshima Television tomorrow will send a “Message from Hiroshima” by streaming several free documentaries about the event in English. Yes, tomorrow is August 5, but the following day in Japan will start at 11 am ET/8 am PT.

“Hiroshima Television, as a broadcast company in Hiroshima, bears some responsibility to report the catastrophe of the atomic bomb, record the reconstruction of the city, and send the message for peace not only to Japan but worldwide,” the channel explained in a recent press release.

The streaming shows, produced by Hiroshima Television over its 55-year history, include:

US POWS and the A-Bomb (2016), about 12 American prisoners of war who died in the attack, and how they were later “entombed with honor” by the people of Hiroshima;

Carved in Stone (2015), with Hiroshima-born actress Haruka Ayase (dubbed into English) reciting the last words of 321 students of Hiroshima Middle School, all of whom died in the attack. The film, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, is a reworking of an earlier Hiroshima Television production, Ishibumi (1969), which will also stream this weekend. The earlier version featured Haruko Sugimura, another Hiroshima-born actress;

Other “Message from Hiroshima” titles include Homeward Bound (1997), Streetcars and School Girls (2003), and A Message from the Vanished Streets of Hiroshima (2005).

Visit htv.jp/hiroshima for more info and to stream “Message from Hiroshima.”

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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